Words. Cannot. Express. How super grateful we are! We did it, all with your help! But we're not done--we have a dream. A dream of hiring a composer to make some sweet ninja-infested original music for the film! 5 hours to go, let's keep going!
From this point forward, every extra dollar goes into making the film better by adding original music, sound design and creation. Check it out below!
If we hit $8000 we'll be able to give more (very deserved) cash to a composer, as well as renting facilities, and hiring human beings (!) for foley (makin' up sound effects for those not into movie lingo)!
Final Hours + New Rewards!
Hey all you Ninja lovers out there! We have a sweet new reward, just for you! An EXCLUSIVE 80's Retro Canadian Ninja MOVIE POSTER drawn by Mike Holmes! That's right--pitch in some very appreciated digital loonies to get a digital download of this original, limited edition poster, OR, fork over some toonies to get a printed copy! Imagine it--a sweet, over-the-top Ninja slaying 80's movie poster on your wall (or wallpaper)!
--->Who is this Mike Holmes guy anyway?
Glad you asked! You can check out his art here. Mike is an author and illustrator from Halifax, currently living in Toronto. He's produced a number of graphic novels, and currently works on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors comics. He has a comic strip, True Story, which was published in The Coast for hundreds of decades until ninjas put a stop to it! He's also in the Canadian Ninja trailer (see if you can find him!).
We're super excited about this gentle people! Grab this awesome reward and help a Ninja Destroyer out!
ALSO: For the sake of clarity--every backer will receive a special thanks in the credits, as well as a special place in our hearts, in case you were wondering!
What Is Canadian Ninja?
Check out the NEW trailer below!
Late one night, in a time of legend and mystery, a young Tim Tracey awoke with a dream. That dream was to give Canada the gift of her first true action hero! Since then, he has work through rain, snow, and knife hail in order to accomplish his noble goal!
Canadian Ninja is a fast-paced, indie action film in the vein of 1980's martial arts/action hero flicks like "Lone Wolf McQuade" or "American Ninja". It combines head-spinning one-liners, epic martial arts showdowns, and 400% more ninjas than any other movie ever.
Buck North, the protagonist of Canadian Ninja, was once a box office smash hit. His greatest film Code of The Wind Warrior set the record for the highest ticket sales in the history of North America. He had it all--except the memory of his childhood.
It all came tumbling down in the 1984 Canadian Kickboxing Championships when Buck unleashed an illegal Flying Windmill Kick, breaking the backs of several judges and spectators alike. Disgraced and black-listed, his film career flopped and he began stunt doubling for a well-known American action hero. Things came to a head when he burned down the trailer of that very same action hero in a fit of unbridled rage.
Now a freelancer for the Canadian Military as their unofficial Ninja Destroyer, Buck North spends his free time training in his secret underground lair.
All is quiet in Canada. A little too quiet.
On the mysterious and impenetrable Ninja Paradise Island, Iron Face Yakuzzi and the infamous Communist/Terrorist/Scientist have teamed up to unleash an army of genetically engineered Super Ninjas. Buck North must face his greatest enemies, as well as his dark past, in order to save Canada from certain peril.
Timothy Barron Tracey is the creator/writer/director of Canadian Ninja. Owner/operator of Warrior Poet Films, Tim has created several documentaries and short films over the years that have played at several film festivals. Other projects he's worked on are taught as part of college curriculum. His most recent stop-motion project, Kreb, deals with the topic of genetically modified food in an nightmarish factory-scape built from detritus and discarded materials (it also WON special recognition for best animated short film at the Atlantic Film Festival this past September!)
Where Does The Money Go?
We're trying to raise $6500 with this Kickstarter campaign. Basically we've got 99% of the film in the can, being cut together and edited as we speak (or as you read, rather). We've already put countless hours and loonies into this project on our own to get it to this point. Now we need your help to make it to the finish line! And in exchange, you get some pretty cool rewards.
As it stands, we're looking to use the money for the following:
This cash-money will go to paying an editor to name all of the zillions of gigabytes of footage and sync it up with captured audio. Once that's all done, it's brought into a video editing program and "cut" together to make a film! This is where the magic happens!
This money goes to blending in the stop-motion segments of the film, adding blood, smoke, tears, hurricanes and fighter planes to the entire feature-length film to make it all shiny and professional! Nothing is worse than an un-rendered special effect! Help us avoid that terrible fate!
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING: $2000
This goes to making the film sound the best it possibly can. Sound design is crucial to a great film. Ever go to a film that sounds like all the characters are in a giant, hollow tube? Yeah, that's the worst! This money will allow us to hire a professional sound mixer to make the film sing (not literally, cuz that might be kinda annoying).
REWARD MATERIALS & KICKSTARTER FEES: $1000
In order to get you all your awesome prizes, we need some dough to buy materials, do printing and all that jazz. A lot of our prizes are hand-made, and involve a lot of hard work. This will help cover those costs to make sure we have what we need to give you what you want! It also covers the fee Kickstarter charges when the campaign ends.
Editing $2800 + Effects $700 + Sound Design $2000 + Fees and Materials $1000 = $6500!
That's our goal! If we're super lucky, and you guys are feeling über generous, we might raise even more funds! When that happens we'll post updates with stretch goals and other wicked prizes! Every extra dollar helps make the film extra awesome!
UPDATE: We've won a SWEET AWARD from Technicolor! That means colour correction for the film is a go! Check out an article here.
What Do I Get?
This is the fun part. To the right is a list of pledge amounts and rewards for each. You'll find things from digital downloads of the film to authentic props, to a personalized action hero of yourself!
Awards a nice, yeah, but what you REALLY get is to be a piece of the project. This film can't be finished without your support!
I Lack Moolah. What Can I Do To Help?
You're in luck, chap! While any coin you can donate to help make the film is mucho appreciated to the maximum, you can help us out in lots of other ways as well! The best way is to spread the word by sharing this project on your Facebook and Twitter accounts to let everyone know about the impending ninja invasion.
Besides that, we're more than open to donations of other kinds. Like first-born sons, decommissioned battleships, slightly used submarines, cool synth pop music rights, candy, pet whales and personal ninja assassins. Just get in touch should you desire to offer any of these things, or any other awesome service/skill/material within your power.
Risks and challenges
Making a feature film is hard. Making a feature film out of pocket, on your own time, with friends and family as support is even harder. Especially when you have to feed as many ninjas as we do. The biggest challenge currently (drum roll please!) is money to finish. The solution: This Kickstarter campaign! Huzzah! So when we're fully funded, that the biggest obstacle out of the way.
After that main issue, the biggest challenge we face is time and talent. That is to say, sometimes life throws curve balls at you. The aim of this project is to have a finished film in January 2014. If all things line up, then no problem! However, sometimes things don't line up--people get new jobs, break legs (not that we're planning on breaking our legs), move to a new apartment, and tons of other things. But never fear! Those things won't stop us, though they may slow us down. If anything pops up of that nature, backers will be informed as soon as possible, and we'll create an adjusted schedule.
The other challenge, as previously mentioned, is talent. Which means finding the right people to do the right job. This kind of ties into the above point as well. We have a great team, but sometimes they get stolen by other things in life (like jobs that pay thousands of dollars a day... where can I get one of those?), and they need to be replaced. Thankfully, we know a lot of really talented, awesome people with mad skills that can step in if need be. Basically we have a huge tank of talented people that we keep in the basement. If one of them gets loose, we can fish out another one (but seriously guys, you're all mega-talented peoples).
As far as getting prizes/rewards out to all you cool cats, we've set the delivery date as realistically as possible, but depending on the volume of backers to certain pledge levels, we might run into unforeseen difficulties getting all that sweet swag out to you. We believe in being prepared, but we can't fully lock down this once since our magic 8 ball is on the fritz. Should a situation arise where there might be a delay in one of the pledge rewards, backers will be notified immediately, and we'll do our best to get all your gear to you ASAP. In the mean time, if we need to shuffle things around so you get the majority of your swag on time, then so be it! You're happy, we're happy. And happy people live longer. Which increases the odds of you dying by ninja assassination. Which is pretty dang cool!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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